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have a problem but kristin fisher will be out there in a few minutes. this water main break is at crystal city. it is -- route 1 is closed at. right now looking good, moving well between duke and the 14th street bridge. no problems. watch for wet pavement. use extra braking distance. as we head to 66 eastbound and checking out the situation out there. lanes are still wide open centreville to the beltway. no big problems. check out the capital beltway this morning. right now looking good. no incidents or accidents reported 95 to georgia and then 95 and bw parkway as we switch our maps over, still clean and green and everyone moving at speed. >>> she mentioned the traffic troubles from a water main break. let's see what progress crews are making to fix it. kristin fisher is live from crystal city with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. unfortunately some bad news for arlington drivers this morning. if you use route 1 southbound to get to work you need to expect huge delays this morning because check out what is happening behind me. this is the scene of thre
and outlines a deep seeded distrust of the federal government. kristin fisher has been following the story all morning and is live near the pentagon with more. good afternoon, kristin. >> reporter: good afternoon. the big question is still motive. police are investigating and searching for clues in those web postings that were allegedly written by the shooter. they are also searching for clues in video surveillance footage of the suspect before the shooting. it shows him cool, calm, well dressed. he was wearing a suit and police say he showed no signs of what he was about to do. 36-year-old john patrick bedell strolled up to a pentagon security check point on thursday evening and owned fire. >> he was well armed. he had two semi automatic weapons and many magazines. >> reporter: the shooter hit two police officers one in the thigh and the other in the shoulder. they returned fire striking the suspect in the head. john patrick bedell was from pronounced dead on friday morning. >> there are no indications that there are any domestic or international terrorism nexus to this at all. at this time i
it was a riot and they responded as such. kristin fisher has more. >>> rethe streets this college park may be quiet now but this place was complete mayhem last night. as soon as the game finished, students and fans stormed the streets. so much so that police had to actually shut down parts of route 1. things turned a bit ugly when students tore down a traffic sign and lit things on fire and others attempted to turn over a bus. prince georges county police moved in riot gear. some tried to clear the streets on horses and others used shields to push them back and then they began to use tear gas and sandbags and that's when some students say police went too far. >> you can smell the fear gas or mace in the air. it's something else. you don't see students going crazy, just people playing by the rules. i don't think it is fair. >> reporter: some students say police went too far. others say the police response is understandable. remember, this is not the first time we have seen riots here in college park. there were riots after similar duke games in 2001 and in 2005. now, i tried contacting prin
delivered a harsh report about improving metro's service. our 9 news now kristin fisher reports. >> reporter: metro's board of directors hired david gunn, a transit expert and former metro manager to diagnose metro's problems and describe some solutions. well, yesterday gunn did just that in a closed door meeting with the metro board. he was very blunt and said it would take three years to turn metro around. >> it was more than frank. it was withering. he gave us a clear, unvarnished truth type assess and told us we have a lot of issues we need to deal with. we need to deal with them immediately and set priorities for us. >> reporter: let's look at the recommendations. first, create a work place where safety is openly discussed and problems report withouted without fear. second, level with the public and communicate candidly about safety. in terms of budget, gunn called the current financial situation unsustainable. they are projecting a $190 million budget in the following fiscal year. he said they should avoid cuts but manage fare increases to minimize ridership losses. they have not relea
rocked the neighborhood along south capitol and atlantic street northeast. kristin fisher is live with an update. >> reporter: four people are dead and five more are injured. that is nine people total, which makes what happened here the worst single shooting in washington in 16 years. it is safe to say that neighbors are stunned. nine people shot, four dead. >> at one time around here that's unusual. that's very high, especially as young as these kids is. i remember back in the day when i was staying over here, we had fist fights and stuff like this. it wasn't all this gun violence. >> it is horrible, you know. it is ashame that things happen like this. you know, i'm just glad that i wasn't on -- my daughter wasn't out there, you know? >> reporter: the shooting started 7:30 son sunday night. the gunman opened fire on a group of people standing by an apartment building. nine people were hit, six men, three women. four are dead and a tenth person was found shot a few blocks away. at this point police will not say if the two shootings are remitted. as for the suspect they led police
before 7:00 last night. kristin fisher has more. >> reporter: well, this all started 6:45 tuesday evening when crews arrived on the scene right here at the intersection of south 23rd street and route 1 southbound. they found that a pretty major water main had burst. crews worked through the night to try to get it fixed for the morning rush hour but it was not possible. too much repair work needed to be done. >> we have to cut out pipe and sleeve it and put it back together. >> reporter: he makes it sound easy but it is really a lot of work. they have to cut the pipe, extract it, repair it and refill the hole to make the road drivable again. now, the good news is the repair on the pipe is complete. all water is back on for the businesses that lost power in this area. the bad news is, of course, traffic, route 1 southbound is closed during the morning rush hour, which caused a real traffic nightmare for drivers. the other bit of good news, though, is at least it wasn't freezing. can you imagine how much worse the situation would have been if temperatures had been below freezing and all the
news now kristin fisher has more from old town. >> reporter: high tide has come and gone here in old town, alexandria but all of this water from the potomac river isn't going anywhere anytime soon. police blocked off two blocks of king street by the water front of the. standing quarter several inches deep covers the street. 6,000 sandbags are stacked outside of stores near the waterfront. some businesses like the mai thai restaurant will need every sandbag they can get to keep the water at bay. and others are more bothered by the lack of business. >> the biggest problem for me is the barricade that won't let the people in. >> closed business? >> closed business here and up the street. >> reporter: city officials say this is as bad as it will get. >> we don't anticipate much more flooding beyond what we see right now. we're actually, you know, out getting clean up. behind us a hear a street sweeper. so we are cleaning as the waters recede. >> reporter: the bottom line is the worst is over but the coastal flood warning is in affect until 11:00 tonight. in alexandria, kristin fisher, 9
. kristin fisher has a story of how dr. gerald raymond is helping a virginia family. >> reporter: one year ago, eric was a healthy 8-year-old from falls church. >> eric was a real fun kid. he was very imaginative. his drawings were incredible. >> he was a friend to all. he was a good kid. >> reporter: but in march of last year, eric had a stroke. he was diagnosed with a rare, often deadly neurological disorder. he was diagnosed with ald. >> it was devastating emotionally. you are standing there and you are numb and you wonder what hit you. >> reporter: as of now there is no cure but there is treatment and one of the most respected specialists happens to be in baltimore. >> once you are diagnosed with ald, everybody hears about dr. raymond. >> he gave us a lot of hope that, you know, that made that first dark weekend a little brighter. >> reporter: eric spent the next 15 weeks in a minnesota hospital but this story doesn't have a happy ending. eric died on october 25th. >> he passed away four hours shy of his ninth birthday. >> reporter: today eric's parents are fighting to raise awareness
are in the commonwealth you will definitely hear what's happening. that story is new this morning. kristin fisher is live from the national weather service in sterling. >> hey, audrey. today is all about tornado preparedness. and for the 835,000 virginians taking part in the tornado drill they are going to the cuss on what they need to do once the tornado sirens go off. we want to make sure you are all prepared before the sirens go off as we head in to really the start of tornado season here in virginia. so joining me to talk more about that is chris strong with the -- he's a meteorologist at the national weather service and we were talking an the number one most important thing is a noaa weather radio, correct? >> that's correct. having a weather radio is a great way to get warnings when they come across. >> we have one here, battery operated. keep it running and when an alert is sounded this will go off. and we want to talk about orthings you may want to put together in a disaster safety kit. what are your recommendations of things people should have on hand? >> well, a tornado kit you should think of
around this is take sovereign avenue to 4th street to get you to atlantic. our 9 news now kristin fisher is on the scene and will have a live report on the latest on the investigation coming up. >>> meanwhile we will take you to route 4, branch avenue, 30 is. this area is incident and accident free. typical volume as we kick off the 6:00 hour. next stop is the outer loop in maryland. drivers are moving at a good pace but dropping speed from university between university and georgia avenue. 395 northbound we are watching the volume pick up between duke to seminary and slow on 95 northbound. first delay is between the prince william parkway and lorton and the second is once you hit the fairfax county parkway exit and make your way to backlick. >>> at one after the hour, police are investigating one of the worst shootings many the city in 15 years. four people are dead. six others are hurt. a drive by shooting rocks the area in southeast washington. kristin fisher is there live as police look for a motive. >> you can see there is quite a bit of police activity out here on south capitol stre
will be there. kristin fisher has more on the story. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. the man we are talking about is paul powell. his execution is set for 9:00 tonight at greensville. in a rare move, paul powell has chosen to die in the electric chair instead of lethal injection. the 41-year-old is convicted of killing stacy reed and raping her sister back in 1999. christi, shown right there, still shows the scars of the attack. they are her -- her throat has been slashed. this is an execution that almost did not happen. in 2001, the virginia supreme court overturned his first death sentence. then, paul powell thought he could no longer receive a death penalty. he wrote two letters boasting about the crimes to the attorney. paul powell was retried and convicted a second time. the governor will not stop the execution. the victim's mother says it is all about closure. >> i have been dealt this tragedy and what i can do to turn it around is important to me and bring the positive things out of it. i want to bring hope to other victims that there is always hope. >> reporter: the ho
potomac river is causing problems for reps dents and businesses in old town, alexandria. kristin fisher is live there with a look at the conditions. >> good morning. a coastal flood warning is in affect for the entire washington area until 1:00 p.m. today. here in old town we are expected to see high tide at 9:04 this morning. but over the weekend the city handed out sandbags to try to keep the rising waters at bay but it has already flooded two blocks of old town alexandria. three businesses along king street have been flooded. mark penn, the emergency management coordinator for alexandria is bracing for more flooding this morning. >> on top of the coastal flood tide that we have and the moon phase and the wind we have the water will come up here and it is going to cause some problems. >> reporter: across the board water levels are expected to be two to three feel above normal along the tidal potomac and chesapeake bay area. in georgetown we can expect high tide on monday morning. it will be 11 to 12 feet and likely stay that way most of the day. part of the reason it will take so long
of a fatal accident at 193. our 9 news now reporter kristin fisher earlier spoke to police about the accident. >> shortly before 4:00 this morning, a vehicle was traveling southbound on the baltimore-washington parkway just north of route 193, which is greenbelt road. this vehicle left the roadway, went in to the median strip and struck a fixed object. the operator of the vehicle was pinned in the vehicle for a short period of time. prince georges county fire department extricated the person from the vehicle and he was pronounced dead at the scene. >>> so right now what you need to know is all northbound traffic is flowing right now. lanes are open but look at that stretch of red here. we have all southbound season lanes sure down on the bw parkway at 193. as a result of in the traffic is backed up to route 32. officials are out there directing traffic to go westbound on 212 to make their way toward route 1. you want to avoid this. the bw parkway, southbound stackup. so what you will need to do is use route 1 or 95 as the alternate and take note. a lot of people are doing that this morning. y
today we go to kristin fisher who's joining us life from the -- live from the wilson building. >> reporter: this stems from an investigation in to dc council earmarks in which a washington attorney concluded that barry had violated the city's conflict of interest policies and misused public funds. now, specifically he is accused of securing contracts for his off and on girlfriend and other political associates. last week barry admitted to awarding those contracts and he apologized for his "bad judgment. " but he maintains he broke no laws. still the dc council is stepping in. sources say the council is likely to today steed stripping him of his housing committee chairmanship and removing him from the housing and finance committee and referring allegations against him to the u.s. attorneys office. >> this council man plans to take action. we want to make sure we have covered all of the issues. >> reporter: as of now the plan is for the dc council to hold the regular legislative session today and then a second session to deal with the barry vote. keep in mind, council chairman v
. closer to home, we have flooding fears of our own. 9 news now's kristin fisher is live in alexandria with more. >> reporter: good morning. well, a coastal flood warning remains in affect for the washington area until 1:00 p.m. today here in old town alexandria. we are expecting high tide at 9:04 this morning an the water is certainly rising. over the weekend the city handed out sandbags to residents and business owners to try to keep the water at bay but it has already flooded two blocks in old town alexandria closing numerous roads along the waterfront. at least three businesses in king street have been loaded. the emergency management coordinator is bracing for more flooding when the high tide hits this morning. >> on top of the coastal flood tide we have and the moon phase and the wind we have the water will come up here and cause us quite frankly some problems. already across the board water levels are two to three feet above normal along the potomac and chesapeake bay area. in georgetown we can expect high tide between 11 and 12 feet and will likely stay that way most of the day
republicans were able to get a so-called fix it bill sent back to the house. kristin fisher is live to tell us what happened and what's next. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. we are talking about the health care reconciliation act. this is the bill which will make minor changes to the big health care reform bill that president obama signed in to law last tuesday. now, shortly after midnight this morning there was some debate as to whether or not this should happen -- they should vote on this last night instead of during normal business hours, but senate majority leader harry reid pushed hard to make it happen then and there. he made his case on the house floor. >> the house of representatives worked all weekend moving this issue along and i think we need to move this along and find out if they have to take any action on this tomorrow. , which is today. >> little confusion there as to what day it is exactly when you are working those late nights. 2:30 this morning senate republicans succeeded in finding two laws in -- flaws in the health care reconciliation package. both deal with pell grants
before returning fire. kristin fisher is live in arlington near the pentagon and you have been covering the story all morning. what's the latest. >> reporter: the police chief held a conference this morning to give an update on the investigation and one detail he shared is police have video surveillance footage of the shooter before the shooting took place and police say this video shows him cool and calm. he was well dressed. he was wearing a suit. police say the video shows he likely acted alone. 36-year-old john patrick bedell strolled up to a pentagon security check point on thursday evening and opened fire. >> he was very well armed. i will tell you he had two nine millimeter semi automatic weapons and many magazines. >> reporter: the shooter hit two pentagon police officers, one in the thigh and the other in the shoulder. they returned fire striking the suspect in the head. john patrick bedell was pronounced dead on friday morning. >> there's no indication at this point there are any domestic or international terrorism nexus at all. it appears to be a single individual who had iss
an explosion on board the metro bus. kristin fisher is live at rfk stadium with more. good morning, kristin. >> good morning, andrea. this mock explosion is going to be taking place right here at the parking lot at rfk stadium and will be taking place between 8:00 this morning and 2:00 this afternoon. now, this is the final drill in a series of three emergency response exercises that metro has been conducting over the past month or so. and i want you to look at the video from the first drill back in february. it simulated a shootout at the friendship heights metro station. and then the second drill took place on sunday morning early and it took place inside the tunnel between the rosslyn and foggy bottom metro stations. the scenario there was an explosion on a metro train inside of a tunnel and the final drill will feature a similar explosion on a metro bus. multiple passengers will be injured and then the first responders will have to figure out how to handle a second round of explosives found in a bus in a nearby garage and they are even expected to get a phone call from a mock bomber st
challenges. kristin fisher is live on captiol hill with more. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning. well, president obama has planned mullah abdul ghani baradar bill signing ceremonies this morning. the first at 11:15 inside the east room of the white house. the second will be in the interior department. the health care reform bill, the official bill, all 2,000 plus pages left captiol hill enroute to the president's desk. remember this is the senate bill which passed the house late sunday night by a 219-212 vote with no republican support. keep in mind this is still not a done deal. in fact when the president signs the bill this morning the senate will need to vote on a companion measure or package of revisions pushed by house democrats. harry reid said he has the votes he needs to pass it. white house secretary robert gibbs unveiled plans for the bill signing ceremonies. >> i think each and every member of the house and senate that supported health care reform will be invited. i suspect many will attend. i also believe the president will have with him many of the stories h
. among them ken cuccinelli. kristin fisher has more on his reasons behind this. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. within minutes of president obama signing the bill in to law, virginia attorney general ken cuccinelli had already filed a federal lawsuit to stop it. ken cuccinelli is not alone. he is one of 14 states attorneys general to stop this reform. they claim it is unconstitutional and the federal government lacks the constitutional authority to force it to buy health care. ken cuccinelli made his case hours after filing that lawsuit. here's what he had to say about why he's fighting back. >> when i ran for office, i was very, very clear that i was running, in part, to contest the overreach of power by the federal government. and here we have one that overreaches the constitution in our view. there are plenty of reasonable people who agree with us. >> reporter: there's also plenty of people who disagree like house and senate democrats an the president. the white house says they are not worried by all of these federal filings or federal lawsuits that have b
fisher is live outside of the pentagon with more. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning. the pentagon metro station reopened on saturday evening, but the entrance to the pentagon that was the scene of friday's shooting has been closed all weekend long. it reopened moments ago, just in time for the start of the work week. over the week, the fbi, pentagon and arlington pds has been investigating the incident. and pieced together a disturbing picture of the shooter. john patrick bedell, we know he was an engineering student with a history of depression and simmering anger toward the u.s. government and a history of run ins with the law. in 2006 he was arrested for cultivating marijuana and in 2007 charged with exhibiting a weapon. his parents alerted authorities when their son went missing in january after making a large purchase at a shooting range. he length of time a slew of antigovernment rants on the internet. >> hi i'm happy to talk to you about information currency, the invention i released in public. in the next few minutes i will talk about what information currenc
. with a closer look at this commuter alert we go live to kristin fisher. she's at the tenley town station in northwest. good morning, kristin. >> good morning, andrea. well, ten cents is how much more it will cost you to ride metro this morning. i want to break it down for you guys. this is what it means for you as you head out to your morning commute. this temporary fare hike means the regular base fare for metro rail, metro bus and metro access will jump ten cents. on the metro rail that means a jump from 1.65 to 1.75. most regular commuters can expect to see the value of their smart trip cards decline 20 cents a day faster than normal. the maximum fare is $4.60. and then five cents hike will be applied to rates for senior citizens and people with disabilities. the goal is to reduce the short fall in metro's budget. it is expected to raise $10 million over the next four months. metro's board of directors approved it last january, managing the first time metro imposed a temporary rate hike on passengers in order to patch up a budget gap. now, keep in mind the fare increase is only tempor
increase took affect yesterday. kristin fisher is live from the information center with more. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning. that's how much more it will cost you to ride the metro this morning, ten cents. this fare hike means the regular base fare for metro rail, metro bus and metro access will jump ten cents from 1.65 to 1.75. most regular commuters can expect to see the value of their smart can trip card decline faster than normal. a phi cents hike will be applied to the rate for senior citizens and people with disabilities. the goal is to reduce a 5 # $40 million budget short fall. it is expected to raise $10 million over the next four months and metro's board of directors approved it last january, marking the first time metro imposed a temporary rate hike on customers in order to close a budget gap. before you get too excited, remember metro's board of directors is considering a bigger fare increase to close a bigger budget gap in 201. >>> the national transportation safety board is investigating what caused a deadly plane crash in edgewater, maryland. the pilot was
package forcing the bill back to the house. kristin fisher may have passed some of those senators as she made her way to captiol hill this morning. good morning, kristin. >> yeah, no kidding. i thought we worked rough hours. what we are talking about is the health care reconciliation act. this is a bill that will make change toolings the health care reform bill that president obama signed in to law last tuesday. short by before midnight there was debate whether or not the senate would wait to tackle this later today during normal business hours. keep in mind it was a very late marathon session of the senate, but senate majority leader harry reid pushed hard to make it happen then and there. he made his case on the senate floor. >> the house of representatives worked all weekend moving this issue along and we need to move this along and find out if they have to take action on this tomorrow, which is today. >> reporter: little confusion working those late nights. 2:30 this morning, republicans succeeded in finding two flaws in the package that violate budget rules. both deal with pell gran
councilman. kristin fisher is live at the wilson building with more. >> reporter: good morning. as of now, the plan is for the dc council to hold its regular legislative session at 10:00 this morning, and then they will hold a second special session likely this afternoon to deal with just that very vote. keep in mind, dc council chairman vincent gray is yet to sigh when or if that vote will indeed take place. now, this all stems from an investigation in to dc council earmarks in which washington attorney concluded barry misused public fund and violated conflict of interest rules. specifically he's accused of securing contracts for his off and on girlfriend and other political associates. last week barry admitted to awarding those contracts. listen to what he had to say. >> i take full responsibility for this lack of good judgment. >> reporter: so barry has apologized, but he maintains he broke no laws. still the dc council is stepping in. the council is likely to vote by censuring barry by stripping him of the chairmanship of the housing committee removing him from the powerful finance an
are in the commonwealth you will definitely hear what is happening. kristin fisher has more on the emergency training exercise. >> reporter: over half a million people signed up to take part in today's tornado drill. that's double the record set last year. many of these participants are students and teachers at schools and universities across the state. we got to go inside of dominion high school in sterling during the drill. here's what happened. >> in 2010, virginia statewide tornado drill has begun. schools, businesses and residents should implement their tornado safety plans at this time. >> good morning, fellow titans and friends in the academy of science. let's activate the tornado drill at this time. knowing what to do when these warnings come across is what it is about. weather is certainly a killer. >> we need you to get low and get your head down. if you have a tornado or wind threat you want to put as much building and structure between you and the building as possible. getting to an interior room, away from windows, in to the basement if you have one is what you want to do, a strong, stur
those charges will be, if charges are, indeed, filed. in college park, kristin fisher, 9 news now. >>> in a story only on 9 news now, a dc family wants to know why a stipples crew did not take a toddler to the hospital. 2-year-old stephanie stevens died two hours after the mother called 911. the first spongedders to arrive at the home decided the toddler did not need to go to the hospital. hours later the family called 911 a second time. this time paramedics took the child to the hospital where she later died. >> this is an infant, why wouldn't you take her? this is what i don't understand. i can't step you coming and because of the weather you leave. i can't accept that. >> reporter: the initial amy crew, which did not take 2-year- old stephanie to the hospital has been placed on administrative duty. >>> two people are dead after a row home caught on fire in baltimore. two got out on their own but two others were killed and there maybe a third victim inside. the cause is under investigation. >>> gay rights groups hope maryland lawmakers will follow dc's lead. they lobbied a state
. the break happened 6:45 yesterday evening. kristin fisher has more. >> reporter: this all started around 6:45 tuesday evening. when crews arrived on the scene, here at the intersection of south 23rd street and route 1 southbound, they found a pretty major water main had burst. crews worked through the night to try to get it fixed in time for the morning rush hour but it was not possible. there was too much to be done. >> we just have to cut out some pipe and sleeve it and put it back together. >> reporter: he makes it sound easy but it is a lot of work. they have to cut the pipe, extract it, repair it and rephil fill the holes and make the road drivable again. the good news the repair to the pipe is complete. all the water is back on to the ' businesses that lost power but the bad news is route 1 southbound was closed during the morning rush hour which caused a traffic nightmare for drivers. the other bit of good news is at least it wasn't freezing. can you imagine how much worse this would have been if temperatures had been below freezing and all of the water spilled out on the water and
. >> we took appropriate actions and trained our officer and it worked. >> reporter: kristin fisher, 9 news now. >> all three officers are on administrative leave. marvin carraway and jeff amos were released with minor injuries. sky nine over the scene of a house fire in montgomery county. flames broke out before 10:00 this morning in the 24,000 block of string road in clarksburg. everyone got out safely but one firefighter suffered minor injuries. water tankers were brought in because there were no hydrants nearby. the search is on for a cause. >>> police want to find a truck driver who struck and killed a driver. know police are trying to pa notify the family. a picture was captured on surveillance camera. police found the woman at the intersection of 14th street and constitution avenue on saturday morning she died soon after medics rushed her to the hospital. runners we spoke to shared some of their safety tips. >>> how easy do you think it is for a truck like that to see if you are running. >> not very, because she up high especially if you are shorter. that's when i run in the mor
and the officers who brought him down. kristin fisher is live in arlington with the latest. >> reporter: the pentagon metro station reopened saturday evening. but the entrance to the pentagon that was the scene of friday's shooting has been closed all weekend long. fortunately it reopened at 5:00 this morning, just in time for the start of the workweek. the fbi, the pentagon and arlington police department have been investigating the incident all weekend long and pieced together a disturbing picture of the shooting, john patrick bedell watch no he he was a highly educated engineering student with a history of depression and is a simmering anger toward the u.s. government and had a history of run ins with the law. in 2006 he was arrested for cultivating marijuana and resisting arrest. and in 2007 he was charged with exhibiting a weapon. in fact, his parents even alerted authorities when their son went missing in january after he made a large purchase at a shooting range. bedell left a slew of antigovernment rants on the internet and a rambling at times incoherent message on youtube. take
here in dc. 9 news now kristin fisher has more from the tidal basin. >> reporter: every year almost a million people come to dc to see the cherry blossoms. come on, admit it. a at some point we have all thought i wish i could pick one of these precious cherry blossoms off the tree. for you and me it is illegal but for eight members of the national parks service, trimming these trees is just their job. >> we use a scissor type thing. we are cutting at the dead wood and the leaves our of the tree. >> reporter: matt rose has been a member of the crew for 17 years. his supervisor gilbert, has been here for 20. >> actually my dad worked on trees and he actually worked here for 3 -- 35 years. so i have done tree work my whole life. we start pruning them mid january. and basically prune up until they bloom. >> reporter: this eight-man crew is responsible for 4,000 cherry losses around the tidal basins and they don't just prune them once. >> we get the obvious dead stuff the first time. second time around we do a better job. third time around we fine tune and get the little loose ends we mi
street. a lot of people rely on this. how long will it stick around? we will send it to kristin fisher who's live on the scene. >> take note of the detours because you will need it this morning. this is the intersection of 23rd street and route 1 crews have been working all night to get this fixed in time for the morning rush but that is not going to happen an here's why. take a look back here and you can see crews are hard at work. what they are doing now is they have dug a giant hole in the ground on route 1 southbound and they have actually just extracted part of the pipe. it is a 12-inch water main. they are waiting for what they call the sleeve. it is a rubber, sleeve so to speak which insulates the pipe and keeps water from getting out. that's what they are waiting on right now. i smoke with the -- i spoke with the supervisor on the scene and he said it will be three hours before they are able to reopen jefferson davis highway. one more thing i want to point out. a problem we can expect in the next few hours that they have to deal with. several sinkholes on the road have formed a
day before a report came out on delivering improvement on service. kristin fisher has more. >> reporter: well, metro's board of directors hired david gun, a former general manager of metro to guy knows the problems and prescribe solutions. yesterday he did just that in a closed-door meeting with metro's board. he was blunt and said it would take three years to turn metro around. so let's look at some of his recommendations -- in terms of the budget, he called the structure unsustainable. metro is facing a $190 million budget deficit in the following fiscal year. so he is recommending they should avoid service cuts and manage fare increases to minimize ridership loss. finally the report addressed various organizational and personnel issues. first up he says metro must move fast to hire a new general manager with a strong operating an technical background and metro should stop using hiring freezes to control the budget. finally heurisms the chairman of the board should serve multi- year terms in order to provide continuity. currently they only serve a one- year term. so far m
minutes. but right now traffic with angie. >> we have a big traffic alert. we want to go to kristin fisher who's live at the scene in greenbelt, maryland. >> this will be a nightmare commute for anyone who uses the baltimore-washington parkway southbound this morning. right now the baltimore- washington parkway is closed on the southbound lanes from route 193 all the way to the powder mill parkway. joining me now to talk about what happened here have this morning is sergeant schlosser. what happened this morning? have shortly before foifer ur 4:00 a single vehicle was traveling southbound on the baltimore washington parkway, north of 193, greenbelt road. the vehicle left the roadway, went in to the median strip and struck a fixed object. one vehicle was occupied by one person. the person was trapped in the vehicle for a short period of time. prince georges county fire department extricated him and unfortunately he was deceased at the scene. >> reporter: do we know anything more about this person? was it a male, female? >> right now we just have him identified as an adult male. the real imp
of 18 from using those beds. 9 news now reporter kristin fisher is live in rockville with more. good morning. >> we all know it is illegal for anyone under the age of 120 buy cigarettes and one of the main reasons is tobacco has been proven to cause cancer. people who support banning teens from tanning argue this is the same thing. last summer the world health organization cancer division looked at tanning beds as a definitive carcinogen. now food and drug administration is considering tougher tanning bed regulations. but some maryland lawmakers don't want to wait. a tell great, a from montgomery county is proposing a bill that will prohibit anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed in maryland. state law requires parental consent it is already outlawed in howard county. the howard county health commissioner is wouldn't testified in favor of the ban. he says she speaking from personal experience. >> my now 20-year-old daughter would try to do this before prom, before snow dance, in the wintertime. and would go around us. we would clearly have not consented. i would not be surprised if
john patrick bedell died following the incident. kristin fisher is live outside of the pentagon with more. >> reporter: good morning. we now know the names of the two police officers injured in the shooting. they are jeff amos and marvin carraway. fortunately both only suffered grazing wounds, and they are recovering at a local hospital. as for the suspect, john patrick bedell, he was pronounced dead earlier this morning. let's recap. here's what happened. yesterday afternooning around 6:40 the suspect simply strolled in the pentagon metro station and opened fire at a security check point in to the pentagon wounding two officers. despite the injuries the officers fired back fatally wounding the suspect. >> he walked up very cool, like there was no distress. no real emotion in his face. very typical for someone to reach for their pass to show it. they assumed he was going to get a pass and he came out with a gun. >> reporter: as of now, police say they have no motive for the shooting but there are signs he harbored resentment for the military and had doubts about the 9/11 terror
arrived. >>> new this morning, was it a celebration or a riot. kristin fisher is live looking for answers. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, andrea. the streets in college park are quiet now. but this place was absolute mayhem just a few short hours ago. as soon as the game ended, thousands of students and fans stormed the street. so much so that police actually had to shut down parts of route 1. some people took down traffic signs and others rocked the bus. moments later, police moved in riot gear. some officers tried to clear streets on horses and others used shields to push people back but then they started to use tear gas and shoot sandbag and that's when some students say police went too far. >> you can smell the tear gas or mace, whatever in the air. it is something else. it is unwarranted. you don't see students going crazy. just people playing by the rules. i don't think it is fair. >> reporter: now, other students say the police response is understandable. you may remember this is not the first time we have seen riots like this. there were similar riots in 2001 and in 2006
't mean the debate over it ending. kristin fisher has more. >> reporter: good morning. well, president obama has actually planned not one but two bill signing ceremonies this morning. the first will take place at 11:15 in the east room of the white house where the president will be joined by house and senate democrats who backed the bill and the second larger ceremony will be at noon today inside of the interior department. now, the actual health care reform bill, this is the official bill, all 2,000 plus pages left captiol hill yesterday enroute to the president's desk. remember, this is the senate bill which the house passed often sunday night with no republican support. keep in mind it is still not officially a done deal. when the president signs the bill this morning the senate will need to vote on a companion measure or package pushed by house democrats. still yesterday, the senate majority leader say he has the votes he needs to pass it and robert gibbs unveiled the administration's plan for the bill signing ceremony. >> i think each and every member of the house and senate that
a drill as part of tornado awareness month. 9 news now kristin fisher has more. she is live at the national weather service office in sterling. good morning, kristin. >> good morning, audrey. a record 835,000 virginians have registered to take part in today's state-wide tornado drill. even governor mcdonnell claimed today virginia's statewide tornado preparedness day. we want to make sure all of you at home are prepared as possible as we head to the heart of tornado season here in virginia. joining me to help you do that is chris strong, a meteorologist with the national weather service. >> good morning. >> good morning, chris. i want to start by asking what is the number one thing people need to make sure they are prepared for a tornado. >> one of the easiest things is to have a weather radio. >> we have one here. >> it is a device that is fairly small like a smoke detector for weather. it can sit on the bureau in your bedroom or office, in a school and sits there and you can click it on anytime and get a forecast but more importantly if we issue a tornado warning or any we
on the ward councilman. 9 news now reporter kristin fisher is live at the wilson building with more. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. this stems from an investigation in which a washington attorney concluded that barry misused public funds. specifically barry is accused of securing contracts for his off and on girlfriend and other political associates. last week barry admitted to awarding those contracts and apologized for his bad judgment but he maintains he broke no laws. still the dc council is stepping in. sources say the council is likely to vote on censoring barry by stripping him of his chairmanshippen the housing committee and referring bub public the corruption allegations against him to the u.s. attorneys office. >> this council plans to take action. we want to make sure we have covered all of the issues. >> reporter: so as of now the plan is for the dc council to hold the regular session today and then a second session just to deal with the barry vote. keep in mind, vincent gray has not said exactly when that vote will take place. >> thank you. >>> jurors reached a spli
it needs to do to stay safe and win back riders. kristin fisher is live at the king street station with more on the story. >> reporter: good morning. here's what happened. metro's board of directors hired david gun, a transit expert and form earl metro general manager to diagnose problems and prescribe a solution. yesterday gund did just that in a closed-door meeting with metro's board. he was blunt and harsh and said it would take three years to turn metro around. look at his solutions -- first he said that metro needs to create a work place where safety is openly discussed and problems are reported without fear. second, he said metro needs to level with the public and communicate candidly with them about safety. in terms of budget he called the financial structure unsustainable. keep in mind metro is facing a projected $190 million budget deficit in the following fiscal year. so gund is recommending metro should avoid cuts but manage fare increases of anyone mize ridership losses and the report addressed various organizational and personnel issues. first gund says metro must move
. kristin fisher has more from the information center. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning. well n a rare move, powell has chosen to die in the electric chair instead of by lethal injection. the execution is tonight at the greenville connection at center in virginia. the 31-year-old is convicted of killing 16-year-old stacey reed and raping her sister in ' 99. christy shown here last year still shows the scars of that savage attack. her throat and abdomen had been slashed with a knife. she will be at the ux cushion when powell draws his last breath. this is an execution that almost didn't happen. in 2001 the virginia supreme court overturned the death sentence saying prosecutors failed to prove that powell raped stacey which was part of the reason for defining the case as capital murder but then powell wrote two taunting letters to the county once he thought he could no longer receive the death penalty. he was tried and convicted a second time. the governor said he will not stop the execution. to the victim's mother, she says tonight is about closure. >> i have been dealt t
. >> kristin fisher, live at the pentagon. thank you for that update. a lot of great information. >>> 9 news now has learned two weeks ago a soldier returning from iraq came through the same entrance point with a live grenade. police found the grenade while private first class was going through the x-ray machine. he claims he accidentally left it in his army bag. we heard in a press conference the pentagon metro station could be closed frill for a while. it is a crime scene so investigators are going over it right now. blue and yellow line trains are moving but aren't letting people off and on. passengers are being let off at pentagon city. that's a quarter mile walk. or there are of course shuttle buses taking you over to the pentagon. >>> our team of journalists is covering every angle of the story and we will bring you updates as we get them. >>> while you are at work, get updates at wusa9.com. we will bring you the latest news as it happens. >>> >>> a special living smart report. jessica doyle is here with a way to get some free tax help. we'll take it. >> six weeks ago. some people mayb
health care overhaul. but virginia's attorney general is already fighting back. kristin fisher has more. >> reporter: well, within minutes of president obama's signing this bill in to law, virginia attorney general had already filed a federal lawsuit to try to stop it. now, he is not alone. he is one of 14 attorney generals who is suing to stop this health care reform. now the crux of their case is they claim the new law is unconstitutional an the federal government lacks the constitutional authority to force citizens to buy health care. he made his case to 9 news now yesterday hours after filing the lawsuit. here's what he had to say about why he's fighting back. >> i was very, very clear that i was running in part to contest the overreach of power by the federal government. and here we have one that overreaches the constitution in our view. there are plenty of reasonable people that agree with us. >> but there is plenty of people who disagree like house democrats and the president. the house says they are not worried. the police chief said bring it on. she said that yesterday. while m
to be one of maryland's biggest rivals the after party got a little out of hand. 9 news now kristin fisher is live in college park with more. good morning. >>> good morning, andrea. students stormed the streets as soon as the game ended. lindsey mastis was on the scene and she says for the most part the mood was happy and people were celebrating but there was a slight sense that things could get out of control. at first some students were noticed taking down a traffic sign. others rocked the bus. ten minutes later, prince georges county police moved in riot gear. some officers tried to clear the streets on horses and others used shields to physically push back people. and then they started to use tear gas and shooting sandbags and that's when some students say the police went too far. >> i was on the sidewalk and i was going to move but he grabbed me and bashed me in the head. >> reporter: and there was definitely blood in the streets. in fact, a group of students were outraged after telling our reporter lindsey mastis the flood blood was from their friend who was beaten by police. but oth
the charge to keep teens out of tanning booths. kristin fisher has that story. >> if the bill goes through it could have an impact on tanning salons like this palm beach tan behind me in rockville and could impact tanning salons all over maryland. right now opponents are finding it hard in the general assembly but meeting stiff opposition. just yesterday, representatives from the maryland coalition for the prevention of skin cancer and the american cancer society testified before lawmakers in support of the proposed legislation. if passed here is what it would do. it would ban anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed in maryland. they require parental consent and it is already outlawed in howard county. but supporters say it is not enough. teens will find a way around it and they want our kids to be safe and cancer free. opponents argue it is the an attempt to regulate an already regulated industry. >> we are afraid by adding more attention to what is already required it is additional regulation. >> reporter: if passed this bill would clearly stifle some of the business at tanning salons i
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